Author Archives: Phil Lancaster
Author Archives: Phil Lancaster
I believe that there are three primary criteria for an electric vehicle to become mainstream in Australia.
On the road cost to be less than $50K. Closer to $40K would seal the deal.
A range of at least 400 km. Closer to 500 km would be better.
There's a lot to like about the 2019 second-generation Nissan Leaf. But is it enough to convince an Uber driver to swap to an EV?
To me, one of the most attractive things about the new second-generation Leaf, Nissan's latest venture into the EV market is that it doesn't look like an electric vehicle.
It doesn't look like its design criterion was to come up with something that looks really quirky and your colour choices aren't restricted to hot pink or fluorescent green. In fact, it looks just like an attractive, up market, highly spec'd, regular hatchback that just happens to be a totally quiet high performer with zero emissions.
But is it enough to convince you to switch from internal combustion to electric?
What about this recent story?
A driver was recently reported as asking his rider for her phone so he could "make a route alteration".
The passenger reported that he did something really quick with the phone and then handed it back to her.
The "really quick" thing that he'd done was to end the trip and give himself a 5-star rating, followed by a generous tip of $100! Now that's taking the self-employment concept a bit too far.
Umm... there is another word for that - it's called stealing.
Like it or not, there's an EV (Electric Vehicle) in your future. Perhaps your very next car, perhaps the one after that.
For EVs to take off in Australia, we need at least two of these things to happen:
A car to arrive, almost certainly from Japan or Korea, that fires our imagination and that also has a range between charges of a comfortable 500 kms.
Most rideshare drivers are.
You are more mature than the average, you've been driving longer and you are aware that your income is proportional to your driving ability. As well as your passengers' well-being and safety.
Well, you're gonna have to be careful.
Legislation is about to be passed in the state of Queensland, Australia that will see motorists fined $1,000 for using their mobile (cell) phone while driving.
And there's talk that a second offence will bring loss of license.
This article was originally reported in the Washington Post and while it raises real and serious concerns about rideshare driving, its conclusions apply specifically to the United States and even more specifically to Washington, D.C.
What do you think? Is this exclusively an American concern? What about where you drive? Let us know in the comments if you are concerned about any of these things where you drive.
A Georgetown University study of 40 Uber drivers in the D.C. region released Thursday found some thought the work “unsustainable,” with one-third reporting assaults or safety concerns and saying they went into debt to drive on the platform.
Based on interviews conducted in 2016, the study found 30 percent of the drivers were concerned about their safety. One driver told researchers of being robbed at gunpoint; another said he was assaulted after turning down drugs from a passenger.
Uber passengers who habitually arrive drunk, throw up in the car, leave their trash behind and generally disrespect their drivers and their driver's car may soon get the boot.
The ride-hailing company announced Tuesday that riders with ratings that are “significantly below average” may lose access to the app, part of a rollout of the company’s updated community guidelines, which riders must abide by to continue using the service.
Following the articles I've written recently about self-driving cars and the effect that it's going to have on us as Uber drivers, effectively making us redundant, a (small) number of Rideshare Guy subscribers have unsubscribed.
That's OK. It's human nature to bury our heads in the sand and try to ignore things we don't like. And clearly we don't like someone telling us that a source of income that we might be relying on is about to disappear.
But the fact is, folk, they are not about to go away.
Australian transport officials have travelled to Sweden to look at getting driverless buses brought to our shores.
The city of Barkaby is one of the first in the world to allow the autonomous buses to run in regular traffic.
Recently I've been posting about my belief that the days of the Uber driver are numbered because autonomous, self-driving cars are just around the corner. The technology advances have been so rapid that most of the potential problems are already solved and governments will be driven to early adoption in order to reduce the road toll and congestion.
I've had a lot of feedback in support but also some disagreement, from people who just can't see it happening that quickly, if at all.
That's OK. It's human nature to believe that the future will be just like the present.